"I went to see Dr. Torosis after being referred to him by the Urgent Care Staff and Sequoia. After a brief consultation, Dr. Torosis gave me medication and told me I was too young to be having stomach problems. A few weeks later, I came to see him again, stating that the medication was not working, he suggested having a colonoscopy to see if there was a bigger problem that he missed. After having the colonoscopy, I was told that he had removed a few cysts, and that there should be no concerns. I went home, slept or a few hours, and was feeling relatively fine, with the exception of every time I went to the restroom, I was finding large amounts of blood in the toilet. My husband took me to the ER, where I was admitted, and checked out by the on-call GI, he mentioned something had gone wrong during the colonoscopy, and that I would have to have another one first thing in the morning, around 6am. At 4:00am, I was prepped for the second colonoscopy. At 6, Dr. Torosis was no where to be found, at 10, he still wasn't answering his pages, at 11, I called his office personally, he sent over an associate at 2:30, to see what the problem was. At 4:30 that day (over 30 hours of bleeding), I was graced with his presence, where he then told me I never needed the colonoscopy, and that he was only giving me a second one to make me feel better about myself- WORST BEDSIDE MANNER! I then had to wait until 7:00 that evening to have the procedure done, he decided that he didn't need to wear scrubs, told my husband it was all in my head, and then found that he didn't clamp the incisions properly from the first procedure.
I decided to see a different GI, who was able to figure out what was causing my original pain, and allowed me different options on how to treat it.
I understand that everyone makes mistakes, but waiting over 36 hours to fix your mistake and then taking the blame is not tolerable.
May 8, 2017
What is Gastroenterology?
A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)
One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient's body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.
Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.